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An Exhortation from Memories

November 11, 2008

I have a leather Bible cover my granddad made for me several years ago. Since he passed away it’s taken on far more meaning and sentimental value because now it’s a bitter-sweet reminder of his life and our relationship. (So it was irritating to me to find that a glass of water had “sweat” on it, leaving a ring-shaped discolored spot.)

What a cursed world we live in, when all we do and live will pass from existence in a moment, the earth to remember us no more. “For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten” (Ecc 9:5). Painful memories of loved ones are painful reminders that we were made for something else, something more permanent, something more glorious.

Thanks, thanks, and praise to the One who has rescued us from this cursed existence “to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Pet 1:4)! Live, Christian, for THAT world. By doing so you’ll find the only path to vest and fill this life with permanency and purpose.

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